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“Show Me Mizzou Day to Bring Academics, Athletics Together”
KBIA, April 11, 2019

“Choi names project manager for research center”
Columbia Daily Tribune, April 11, 2019

home Staff news Staff Advisory Group Notes 4/4/19

Staff Advisory Group Notes 4/4/19

SAG Notes 04.04.19

Space Consultant Presentation

home Staff news Library Student Employee Appreciation Day, April 25

Library Student Employee Appreciation Day, April 25

With sponsorship from ULSAC, MULSA, and the Libraries we are once again going to celebrate Library Student Employee Appreciation Day.  The celebration will be Thursday, April 25th.  There will be a cookie reception in the Ellis Staff Lounge from 2pm to 3:30pm that day.  We encourage you to meet up with your students and come with them to partake in some cookies and let them know your appreciation for all that they do for us.  We will also again be sending boxes of cookies to all of the specialized libraries and off-site locations so that you can celebrate with your students in your space.

Supervisors, please forward the below invitation to your student employees.

Please join the University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC), the MU Libraries Staff Association (MULSA), and the University Libraries in celebrating you, our wonderful student workers.

We will be hosting a Reception featuring cookies for you on Thursday, April 25th from 2pm to 3:30pm in the Ellis Library Staff Lounge.  Please drop in between classes for cookies and some conversation.  We will also send cookies to each Specialty Library and off-site location for students who do not work in Ellis Library.

The Libraries truly could not operate without our student workers!  Thank you for all you do!

home Staff news New Muse Posts

New Muse Posts

Weekend Fun: Easter Buffet, New Works Dance Concert, Columbia Micro Con

Are you a poet?

home Staff news Goodbye to Julie Housknecht

Goodbye to Julie Housknecht

Julie Housknecht has taken a position at a consortium of academic libraries in South Carolina and will be leaving the University Libraries. Her last day was May 15.

home Staff news Library Management Team Meeting Information and Action Items 4/8/19

Library Management Team Meeting Information and Action Items 4/8/19

LMT 04.08.19 Information and Action Items

home Staff news Marketing Highlights

Marketing Highlights

If you missed our Instagram stories on the Mizzou Instagram feed during National Library Week, just go to the Libraries Instagram profile and click on the Library Week.

Check out this Special Collections Instagram post about Notre Dame that was liked almost 500 times: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwSqGZqATLA/



home Cycle of Success, Staff news Undergraduate Research Contest Winners Announced

Undergraduate Research Contest Winners Announced

Every year, undergraduates across all disciplines are encouraged to submit research projects to the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest. Their research projects can be traditional research papers, musical compositions, works of art, videos, web pages, or other creative works. The projects are judged by a cross-disciplinary panel of librarians who evaluate the sophistication of their research process and their use of University of Missouri Libraries resources.

One 1st prize $500 scholarship and one 2nd prize $250 scholarship are awarded to an individual or group project. Winners have their projects archived in MOspace, MU’s digital repository.

This year’s winners were recognized at the Friends of the Libraries council meeting on Saturday, April 6. Awards were presented by Rachel Brekhus, Humanities and Social Science Librarian.

1st Prize Winners: Ashley, Anstaett, Phong H. Nguyen, and Andrew J. Greenwald
Conceptual Design of Microfiber Removal Using Pressure-Swing Filtration

Their engineering paper is so much more than a design blueprint. It is a well-written and well-organized document that includes, not only the physical science involved with an invention, but also practical considerations of how the product could be maintained in real-world environments, how it could be marketed, and why it’s important to have products that remove microfibers from the environment, at the household level.

Their interdisciplinary group project required both library spaces and library resources. They described the Engineering Library’s collaborative space as “preferred” and “work-conducive,” and as providing software necessary for the conceptual design of the invention. The group also described their use of general and specialized online research tools. The process paper was more specific than most in describing how their keyword searching was done, and they identified the specialized e-journal database, Science Direct, which they used, not only for the review of literature, but also during the design process. Their process paper makes clear that in the world of product design, research is iterative and tightly connected with the creative process.

Vice Provost of University Libraries Ann Campion Riley (far left) and Humanities and Social Science Librarian Rachel Brekus (far right) present Ashley Anstaett (middle left) and Phong H. Nguyen (middle right) with their certificates. Brekhus is holding the certificate for Andrew J. Greenwald, who could not attend.

2nd Prize Winner: Erielle Jones
Fly Like an Eagle: The Success of STOP-ERA in the Missouri Senate 1977

In her paper, Jones did an excellent job of linking the rhetoric in Phyllis Schlafley’s Eagle Forum with the rhetoric used in the Missouri State Legislature to argue against passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), including associating passages of the ERA with affirmative action measures, unpopular among Missouri white conservatives.

The process paper detailed, not only Jones’s ultimate choice of primary historical sources, but also her independent exploration of other primary sources in pursuit of an earlier approach to the topic, which did not yield the hoped-for documentation. The paper showed the role of discipline, assistance from library and archives professionals, and serendipity in finding and selecting sources while maintaining focus on a well-defined research question. Sources examined included correspondence, leaflets, newsletters, invitations, and receipts from the personal archives of state representatives, state senate testimony, surveys, news sources, and court transcripts.

Her process showed a commitment to both the importance and the limitations of historical documentation, and understanding of the social and racial context of both the political-opinion media environment, and this media’s impact on the legislative process. Certainly, the practice in popular conservative media of linking proposed legislation not directly related to race, with narratives of governmental interference with default racial distributions of privilege, continues to be relevant today.

Vice Provost of University Libraries Ann Campion Riley (left) and Humanities and Social Science Librarian Rachel Brekhus (right) present Erielle Jones (middle) with her certificate

Grace Atkins

Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

home Staff news Upcoming Diversity Opportunities, April 20th-April 26th

Upcoming Diversity Opportunities, April 20th-April 26th

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will send out upcoming opportunities every week we think will be of interest. We hope that you will help us continue to build a library culture of diversity and inclusion.

UnBound Book Festival
Friday-Saturday April19th-April 20th, Stephens College

Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will come to mid-Missouri to discuss their work and participate in a variety of stimulating events and environments. The fourth annual event will take place in Columbia, Missouri from April 18th to April 20th, 2019 at various venues around Columbia, including our keynote address on Friday night at the Missouri Theatre and our full day of events on the campus of Stephens College on Saturday.  There will be separate programs for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Events. And for you, dear guest, it’s all completely free.


Allyship Series: Non-Binary Folx 
Monday April 22nd 1:00pm-2:30pm The Bridge (220 Townsend)

With more and more people finding the language to describe themselves, we see an increase in the number of people who identify as something other than man or woman. Today we will explore a few questions you may have never asked before. Please join us to talk openly about how we define gender, how our definitions affect how we interact with others, and how we can queer up and complicate these definitions.


“I didn’t mean anything by it”: How racial microaggressions are perceived
Tuesday April 23rd 1:00pm2:00pm, Free Webinar

This is a free webinar. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are key words that are considered important aspects to the library profession. Although attempts seemed to be made towards that end, what is really causing some librarians of color to leave or thinking of leaving the profession? The work environment may be the problem. Librarians of color encounter racial microaggressions on a daily basis. In this presentation, I will define microaggressions and what librarians of color and the dominant culture should know about them. Registration Link


Building Perspective-Taking 
Wednesday April 24th 12:00pm-1:30pm Hill Hall 314

oin IDE’s Office of Inclusive Engagement for our Communicating Across Differences Series. This series is designed to enhance the capacity of faculty, staff and students to engage in conversations about challenging, emotionally laden topics (i.e., race, discrimination, policy, politics, etc.). The skills learned in this series can be applied in the workplace, classroom, and interpersonal and community contexts. Participants are encouraged to bring real-life situations to the sessions to serve as practice and learning opportunities. Register Here


Africa Week 2019 Africa Hub Film Screening of A United Kingdom
Thursday April 25th 6:00pm-9:00pm, Ellis Library 114A

A United Kingdom is a 2016 biographical film based on extraordinary true events. Seretse Khama played by David Oyelowo and Ruth Williams, played by Rosamund Pike, fall in love and forever change the course of history for Bostwana.

In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a citizenry leery of a white Briton as their Queen, the international opposition is even more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa’s racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana.

Doors open at 5:30 pm and event starts at 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Food served.


If Beale Street Could Talk: Free Weekend Film
Friday April 26th 8:00pm-11:00pm, Wrench Auditorium (Memorial Union)

A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.Co-sponsored by StuffToDo and BCC.

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

home Staff news Building Maintenance Issues

Building Maintenance Issues

If you haven’t heard, 52 Ellis Library has termites. They have infested the South wall from the east edge of Physical Processing all the way west to Digital Services’ area. There are two issues: killing the termites and repairing the damage to the wall. They will begin work on killing the termites on this Saturday and into early next week. As part of this process, they may use chemicals with an off-gas or foul smell.